Parisian Doctors Fear Catastrophic Overload of COVID-19 Cases

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Paris doctors warn of catastrophic overload of virus cases

by John Leicester and Jeffery Schaeffer/APnews

Health Editor’s Note: While parts of France have tried various forms of lockdown, they do not seem to have a good handle on coronavirus vaccine distribution. In fact, our Paris correspondent has never heard of Paris’s plan for when or where to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. With curfews in place, what is seen are astronomical amounts of people trying to board the buses and subways at the latest time possible and we all know that groups of people will spread coronavirus…Carol 

PARIS (AP) — Critical care doctors in Paris say surging coronavirus infections could soon overwhelm their ability to care for the sick in the French capital’s hospitals, possibly forcing them to choose which patients they have the resources to save.

The sobering warnings were delivered Sunday in newspaper opinions signed by dozens of Paris-region doctors. They came as French President Emmanuel Macron has been vigorously defending his decision not to completely lockdown France again as he did last year. Since January, Macron’s government has instead imposed a nationwide overnight curfew and followed that with a grab-bag of other restrictions.

But with infections soaring and hospitals increasingly running short of intensive-care beds, doctors have been stepping up the pressure for a full French lockdown.

Writing in Le Journal du Dimanche, 41 Paris-region hospital doctors said: “We have never known such a situation, even during the worst (terror) attacks” that targeted the French capital, notably assaults by Islamic State extremists in 2015 that killed 130 people and filled Paris emergency wards with the wounded.

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